Macomb Local News

Schuyler County Sheriff's Report

Schuyler Co Sheriff Bill Redshaw reports the following action in Schuyler Co for the week of Oct 7th-Oct 14th 


On 10-7-2019 

Wesley Rampley of Hamilton was arrested by a Hancock Co Deputy on a Schuyler Co Warrant in the amount of $3000.00 with 10% to apply, Rampley posted $300.00 bond and was released 


Deanna Voss of Yorkville was involved in a car/deer accident on Route 99 near Camden Road 


On 10-9-2019 


Cody Koyer of Quincy was cited for Speeding 76mph in a 55mph zone 


On 10-11-19 


Ronald Stambaugh of Plymouth was cited for Failure to Notify SOS of Change of Address & Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. Stambaugh was driving a 2002 Toyota Sienna was travelling South on US Highway 67 when he fell asleep. Stambaugh lost control of his vehicle and overturn in the ditch and damaged a road sign. 


Zachary Cawthon of Rushville was cited for Domestic Battery and remains in Schuyler Co Jail with no bond 


Katie McMullen of Clayton was cited for Speeding 71mph in a 55mph zone 

Jason Triplett of Rushville was involved in a car/deer accident on Route 24 near Kinderhook Road 


On 10-12-2019 


Saedi Windsor of Astoria was cited for Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor, Improper Lane Usage & Illegal Transportation of Alcohol 


Brad Ballas reported 2 ATV’s, small yard tiller, chainsaws, box of cast iron skillets & a weed eater stolen. The theft took place west of Littleton, if you have any information please contact the sheriff’s office 


A Schuyler Co Deputy arrested Cody Lewis of Browning on a Cass Co Warrant in the amount of $2000.00 with 10% to apply. Lewis posted $200.00 bond and was released 

Garrison Moreland of Rushville was involved in a car/deer accident on Adams Road near Lone Rock Road. 


Teresa Davis of Rushville was involved in a car/deer accident on Old Macomb Road near Airport Road. 


On 10-13-2019 


Joel Garcia-Martinez of Beardstown was cited for Speeding 70mph in a 55mph zone 


Heather McMeekan of Macomb was cited for Speeding 77mph in a 55mph zone 


4 deer/vehicle accidents were reported and handled 


4 Subpoenas were served 


2 Warrants were executed 


3 Verbal Warnings were given 


Assisted other Agencies on 6 occasions 


5 Motorist Assist


5 Animal complaints were reported and handled 


Schuyler Co Deputy’s patrolled approx. 1982 miles 


Schuyler Co Jail housed a daily average of 18 inmates 


Farming season is underway. We urge you to please slow down and share the road so everyone arrives safely to their destination. 


With farming season and bow hunting season in full force please drive with caution as the deer are causing many accidents. 


Please report any suspicious activity in your area. 

All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law 


MDH #BusinessOfTheWeek : #BreakfastWithBubba Interview

Macomb, IL--K100's Business of The Week for the month of October is McDonough District Hospital. On behalf of MDH, Patrick Osterman popped into the studio and gave us an AWESOME interview. Check It out below!



Taking the Mystery Out of Death: #BreakfastWithBubba Interview

Macomb, IL--Steve Tibbitts dropped in the studio with Bubba today to talk about the upcoming "Taking The Mystery Out Of Death" event coming up later this evening. Check out the interview below to find out how you can get involved and learn more about the processes that happen after someone passes.




Western Revises Admissions Criteria

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – With the various choices available, searching for the right college can be a daunting process for high schoolers. However, Western Illinois University has made changes to its admissions process to help prospective students – and their families – take the guesswork out of the college application process.

Western has revised its admissions criteria for students applying to Western for 2020. Students with a high school diploma and a 3.3 or higher high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) will be automatically admitted to WIU. Western is one of just two public institutions in the state that are test-optional in regard to college admissions.

"We are committed to admitting students whose academic records indicate a high potential for success," said Director of Undergraduate Admissions Doug Freed. "We are emphasizing a student's high school grade point average as a highly important factor for their success."

Students with a GPA less than 3.3, but at least 2.0, will be requested to submit SAT/ACT scores for admissions consideration.

"Standardized tests are not necessarily a reflection of how successful a student is, or can be," added Interim President Martin Abraham. "We feel that the grade point average is a good indicator of a student's academic ability as the GPA encompasses not just grades achieved on exams, but for projects, homework and more. It's a reflection of the work a student puts into his/her overall schoolwork in order to be successful. I'm pleased that we're able to make the Western Illinois University experience a more open and viable option for prospective students."

Another change for incoming freshmen is an enhanced Western Commitment (WC) Scholarship program, which automatically awards $3,000-8,000 each year to incoming freshmen with excellent academic ability and achievement in high school. In addition, Western has revised the transfer scholarship program, increasing the award to $2,500 and making the scholarship available for part-time students.

Western has also launched several new scholarships, which will be announced Wednesday. Prospective freshmen interested in being considered for the automatic scholarships available at WIU can apply at More information on WIU scholarships (automatic and donor-designated application-based scholarships) can be found at


Morris Announced as Advisor of the Month

MACOMB, IL -- The Council of Academic Advisors Awards and Recognition Committee at Western Illinois University announced recently that Academic Advisor Kelly Morris has been named Advisor of the Month for September.

Morris, who works in the University Advising and Academic Services Center, was nominated by two of her students.

"Kelly definitely pushes me to be the absolute best I can be every school year," said one student. "When I’m feeling like I can’t persevere, she helps me to get back focused."

Her second nominator said Morris goes beyond caring for the students she advises.

"I have definitely built a special bond with Kelly as far as her being my advisor," the second student said. "Even though it's my second year, she still allows me to make weekly meetings with her just to make sure I stay on top of things. She cares about my grades and how I’m doing academically and that really influences me to care myself. She is definitely the strong influence I need to finish my years off and I greatly appreciate her being there for me in all times."

Each month, a WIU advisor is honored with a certificate and trophy. Award winners are decided by a committee that considers each of the applications for the month.

For more information about advising services at Western, visit


Illinois Labor Department Urges Farm Safety

Springfield, IL--Harvest season is usually a hectic time for farmers as is, but with planting happening a bit later in the spring than usual, this time of year will be unusually hectic for farmers for the next few weeks.


The Illinois Department of Laboris urging farmers to focus on safety as they bring in crops. According to WMBD, Labor Departement Spokesperson Mike Matulus says tractor rollovers create the most fatalities of anything on the farm. 


"They should make sure that their tractors have rollover protection. And most importantly, that rollover protection isn't going to work unless they have their safety belt fastened," says Matulus. Visibility is also an important factor, according to Matulus. Every farm vehicle should be equipped with two white lamps on the front and two red lamps on the back, along with a flashing amber light. 


Farmers are also urged to take a break every couple of hours and eat and drink plenty of fluids to stay alert. This break should also include a quick inspection of farm equipment.




New Illinois Bill to Require Testing on CBD Products

Illinois--A new proposed bill will require that all CBD products sold in the state would have to meet test requirements by the state Department of Agriculture. 


Democrat Representative Bob Morgan introduced the bill on Oct. 2 to ensure the safety of the users of CBD products.


CBD is a cannabis extract that does not cause a "buzz" or "high" to the user and it is known for its health benefits. If the bill is passed, any unregulated product would be removed from the shelves. Non-compliance laws could start at $1000. 


MDH Diabetes Education Program Earns ADA Recognition

MACOMB, Ill. – The diabetes self-management education service of the Diabetes Education Center at McDonough District Hospital has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).


The MDH program originally earned recognition in October 2002 and has since been continuously re-awarded the honor as a program that offers high-quality education as an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.


The ADA Education Recognition effort, begun in the fall of 1986, is a voluntary process that assures approved education services have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Services. Programs achieve recognition by having a staff of knowledgeable health professionals to provide up-to-date information about diabetes management to participants.


Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. Complying with these national standards ensures greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered. Patients of the MDH Diabetes Education Center will be taught, as needed, self-care skills to promote better management of the disease and treatment regimen.


“The recognition program gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of service they provide,” comments Janene Shockency, Nurse Educator at MDH. “And it assures the consumer that he or she will receive high-quality service.”


According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30.3 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and 84.1 million have pre-diabetes or an elevated blood sugar level that is likely to progress to type 2 diabetes without making lifestyle changes. Every year 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease, yet more than 7.2 million of these people are unaware they have it.


The Diabetes Education Center at MDH helps provide tools to successfully manage diabetes by providing a comprehensive education program customized to address individualized needs. Education sessions are scheduled by appointment and provided on a fee-per-visit basis.


Medicare and most insurance companies will cover MDH’s instruction with a doctor’s order. For more information contact MDH Diabetes Education Center at (309) 836-1634 or visit


Steve Tibbitts is Guest Speaker at "Take The Mystery Out of Death"

Macomb, IL-- First Presbyterian Church of Macomb is putting together a special event titled "Taking The Mystery Out of Death", to be held Tuesday, October, 15th at the American Legion located at 221 East Washington St in Macomb.


This event will house several speakers including Funeral Home Director Steve Tibbits will be explaining the logistics of funeral planning amongst other topics.


There will be drinks and dessert at this event. Other guest speakers include: Judge Emily Sutton, Rev. Erin Marth, and Kassie Streveler.


This event is free but RSVP is recommended. to RSVP contact or call 309-833-3333


Mating Season for Deer Could Cause Accidents

SPRINGFIELD – With the onset of autumn, the school year is in full swing, pumpkin lattes are steaming – and Illinois deer are feeling amorous. The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources are reminding motorists to be vigilant during deer mating season as the animals become more active, especially in the early morning and evening hours.

“As the risk of deer-vehicle crashes peak during fall, drivers can help ensure they reach their destinations safely by remembering a few important tips,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Most importantly, don’t veer for deer. While your first instinct when facing a deer in the headlights may be to swerve, doing so could cause you to lose control of the vehicle and increase the severity of a crash.”


Motorists are urged to consider the following safe driving tips during deer mating season:

• Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to deer crossing signs.
• Scan the sides of the road for eye shine – the reflection of headlights in the eyes.
• Slow down if you see deer. They travel in groups, so more are likely nearby.
• Prepare for the unexpected. Deer can stop in the middle of the road or double back.
• If a collision is inevitable, try to glance the vehicle off the deer and avoid swerving into the opposite lanes of traffic.


In 2018, there were 15,636 motor vehicle crashes involving deer in Illinois. Of these, 14,998 resulted in damage to property or vehicles only, while 630 caused personal injuries. Eight of the crashes were fatal.


More than 40% of crashes involving deer in Illinois occurred in October, November and December, with November being the highest-risk month. Rural environments were the site of nearly 90% of all crashes involving deer, with more than 70% occurring at twilight or nighttime.

The top 10 Illinois counties for crashes involving deer in 2018 were:

1. Cook  476
2. Peoria   391
3. Madison  377
4. Will  374
5. Sangamon 360
6. Fulton   331
7. Williamson  315
8. Rock Island 310
9. McHenry  308
10. Kane   307

“Deer-vehicle collisions can happen in any part of the state – urban or rural,” said IDNR Director Colleen Callahan. “If you do hit a deer, remember to report the accident to local law enforcement or a conservation police officer. They can help control traffic, clear the roadway or in the event that the animal must be euthanized.”

If you hit a deer, pull off to the shoulder and turn on the hazard lights. Call 911 to report the accident so law enforcement can assist. Do not get out of the vehicle to check on an injured deer or pull it from the road.


For more information on how to claim a deer that was involved in a crash, visit To report possession of a deer killed in a deer-vehicle crash, fill out the form at


Dads' Day Oct. 19 at WIU

MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University will host its annual Dads' Day celebration Saturday, Oct. 19. Dads and other family members are invited to campus for a day packed full of activities.

This year's Saturday schedule includes:

• 7 a.m.-1 p.m. – Macomb Farmers Market – Chandler Park: Local produce, crafts and other goods will be for sale.

• 9 a.m.-noon – Moon Over Macomb – The celebration will include a costume parade, children's activities, horse-drawn trolley rides and more.

• 10 a.m.-noon – Haunted Museum Tours – Western Illinois Museum, 201 S. Lafayette St.

• 10 a.m. – Row E Commuter Lot by the Rec Center: Veterans Club Bags Tournament: All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

• 10 a.m. – University Union Heritage Room: Macomb E-Sports Tournament – the Western Electronic Gaming Association will host a Smash Brothers Ultimate and Project Tournament. Entry is $10, plus $5 for additional title.

• Noon-5 p.m. – WIU's Horn Field Campus, China Road: Corn Maze: $5 per person.

• Noon – WIU Women's Club Volleyball Tournament – Spencer Student Recreation Center

• 1 p.m. – Hanson Field – Leatherneck Football: WIU Athletics will hold a Father/Daughter Challenge during halftime of the football game as WIU hosts Illinois State. Tailgating starts four hours prior to kick-off in Q-Lot. All WIU students are admitted free to the game with valid student identification and tickets for the game can be purchased at

• Golf at Harry Mussatto Golf Course – Special Dads' Day rate of $25 for 18 holes for dads and $20 for students and siblings. Call (309) 298-3676 to schedule a tee time.

• All weekend – Hike, Bike or Kayak at Spring Lake: WIU dads and students can enjoy free kayak rentals from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Temperature must be above 60 degrees.

For more information, visit


Whiteside County Attorney Arrest For Sexual Assault

Rock Falls, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the arrest of Michael A. Lancaster, 63 years old of Rock Falls, Illinois, for two counts of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felonies) and one count of Unlawful Restraint (Class 4 Felony).


ISP Agents conducted a thorough investigation into allegations made by a victim who stated she had retained Lancaster as her attorney and was allegedly sexually assaulted during a scheduled meeting in his office located at 15 E. Third St. in Sterling, Illinois.  ISP Agents executed search warrants at Lancaster’s Sterling office and his Rock Falls, Illinois residence, searching for evidence to corroborate the victim’s complaint. On Thursday, October 10, 2019, at approximately 2:25 p.m., ISP Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Agents arrested Lancaster. Lancaster was lodged at the Whiteside County Jail on $150,000 bond.


Lancaster has been practicing law in Whiteside County for over 30 years. The Whiteside County State’s Attorney has requested the Rock Island County State’s Attorney handle the case to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest. Anyone wishing to provide additional information is encouraged to call the ISP at (815) 632-4010 Ext. 229.


Counting for Dollars- Census 2020 Webinar

Galesburg, IL--  University of Illinois Extension will host a free webinar to educate the public on how to ensure an accurate count for the upcoming decennial census, an issue on which billions of dollars of federal funding for everyday government expenditures is hinged.


The U.S. Census Bureau released population breakdowns in Illinois last August, reflecting decreases in 86 of the state’s 102 counties. Due to this decline, Illinois could lose up to two seats in Congress. In addition to the loss of population and representation, a potential undercount threatens billions of dollars in federal funding for everyday government expenditures, such as highways, education, and more. The University of Illinois Extension will welcome experts on their Local Government Education (LGE) webinar series to explain how and why local governments and advocacy groups should help ensure an accurate count. 


On Thursday, October 17 at Noon CST, LGE  host a webinar entitled Counting For Dollars: Census 2020, presented by Carrie L. Davis, Democracy Program Director of the Joyce Foundation, Anita Banjeri from Forefront’s Democracy Initiative, and Elissa Johnson from the U.S. Regional Census Bureau. Each expert will give an overview of their respective programs and speak to how important the roles of local governments are in ensuring an accurate count for the upcoming decennial census. 


For registration, go to, or contact Nancy Ouedraogo at or by phone at 217-244-7020, for more information or reasonable accommodation.



Brix Challenge Is Back For 6th Year

Macomb, IL--Its the time of year where Chris Brix is Challenging the community with an incredible fundraising event for the Humane Society. He is offering a generous donation to match $1,000 in donations to the HSMC that are received for the entire month of October. 


Any Amount you may choose to donate towards this challenge will be greatly appreciated. All money will support the important initiatives of the HSMC and will directly help animals in need in the McDonough County area. 


Please send Tax-Deductable donations to:


The Brix Challenge

Humane Society of Mcdonough County

PO Box 7, Macomb, Il 61455


You may also use the PayPal option on the Humane Society website at


Communication Career Prep Day Oct. 15 at Western

MACOMB, IL -- The 11th annual Western Illinois University Department of Communication’s Career Preparation Day will be held from 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

All communication majors, minors and graduate students are encouraged to attend this event and learn from department alumni about interviewing, networking, job seeking, e-recruiting, transitioning from college student to full-time employee, resume writing, promoting their communication degree and more.

A keynote address, by WIU alumna Jennifer Haney-Crowe, will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the University Union Grand Ballroom. Haney-Crowe is a B2B marketer with more than 18 years of experience developing and executing marketing programs. She is currently the product marketing lead responsible for developing the go-to-market strategy, messaging, value proposition and demand generation programs for the Trustwave Threat Detection and Response services.

The event concludes with networking and dessert social. The day has become the WIU Department of Communication's largest event and is a success because of donations from program alumni.

For a complete list of programming, visit For more information about the event, contact Assistant Professor Stacey Macchi at


Communication Career Prep Day Oct. 15 at Western

MACOMB, IL -- The 11th annual Western Illinois University Department of Communication’s Career Preparation Day will be held from 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

All communication majors, minors and graduate students are encouraged to attend this event and learn from department alumni about interviewing, networking, job seeking, e-recruiting, transitioning from college student to full-time employee, resume writing, promoting their communication degree and more.

A keynote address, by WIU alumna Jennifer Haney-Crowe, will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the University Union Grand Ballroom. Haney-Crowe is a B2B marketer with more than 18 years of experience developing and executing marketing programs. She is currently the product marketing lead responsible for developing the go-to-market strategy, messaging, value proposition and demand generation programs for the Trustwave Threat Detection and Response services.

The event concludes with networking and dessert social. The day has become the WIU Department of Communication's largest event and is a success because of donations from program alumni.

For a complete list of programming, visit For more information about the event, contact Assistant Professor Stacey Macchi at


Cannabis Shop Zoning Big Topic for City Council

Macomb, IL--Macomb city council heard its first proposal of an ordinance that would amend the current municipal code to allow zoning for cannabis sales when a state law allowing such sales takes effect at the beginning of 2020.


According to The McDonough Voice, City Attorney Kristen Petrie reported that the Macomb Planning Commission voted unanimously in favor of the amendments. The ordinance would prevent cultivation centers, craft growers, processing centers, and transportation centers from being located within 100 feet of a church, school, or residential area. State Law prevents centers from being located within 1,500 ft of a separate cultivation center or craft grower.


City Council also heard the first whispers of an amended zoning use matrix that would add cannabis facilities. Dispensaries could be permitted in agriculture, business, and manufacturing zones and by special use in office/institutional zoning. 


City Council could vote on cannabis-related ordinances as early as the October 21st City Council Meeting. 


Illinois State Police Changing Education Requirements

Illinois--According to WICS, next year will bring new changes for those who want to become a state trooper.


Currently, you would need a bachelor's degree to become a State Trooper, but once the new year begins, applicants will only need an associate's degree or 60 credit hours of course work. 


Sources stated that the shortage of state police has been the deciding factor behind this decision.


State Police hopes this allows more people to consider applying to serve as a state trooper. 


In 2009, ISP had over 2100 troopers on the force, but that number has dropped to around 1700 as of today. 




Freeze Watch In Effect

National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
408 AM CDT Thu Oct 10 2019

...Growing Season May End Friday Night...

.The coldest air of the season will settle into the region
Friday night, with temperatures expected to drop into the
lower 30s for most areas. These cold temperatures could kill any
unprotected sensitive vegetation across the region and bring an
end to the growing season.

Henry IA-Des Moines-Van Buren-Lee-Jo Daviess-Stephenson-Carroll-
Whiteside-Rock Island-Henry IL-Bureau-Putnam-Mercer-Henderson-
Including the cities of Independence, Manchester, Dubuque,
Vinton, Cedar Rapids, Anamosa, Maquoketa, Marengo, Iowa City,
Tipton, Clinton, Muscatine, Davenport, Bettendorf, Sigourney,
Washington, Wapello, Fairfield, Mount Pleasant, Burlington,
Keosauqua, Fort Madison, Galena, Freeport, Mount Carroll,
Sterling, Moline, Rock Island, Geneseo, Princeton, Hennepin,
Aledo, Oquawka, Monmouth, Carthage, Macomb, Memphis, and Kahoka
408 AM CDT Thu Oct 10 2019


The National Weather Service in Quad Cities has issued a Freeze
Watch, which is in effect from Friday evening through Saturday

* Temperatures...Widespread temperatures in the lower 30s and
  potential for some areas to dip into the upper 20s.

* Timing...Late Friday evening through early Saturday morning.

* Impacts...Freeze conditions could kill crops and sensitive
  vegetation, and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.


A Freeze Watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible.
These conditions would kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.
Monitor later forecasts for updated information.


MDH Offers AARP Driver Safety Course November 22

MACOMB, Ill. - McDonough District Hospital and Dr. Jill Brody of McDonough Eye Associates are co-sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course on Friday, November 22, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. This 8-hour program will be held in Auditoriums A and B, located on the lower level of MDH.


Presented in a classroom setting by Ken Cole of Macomb, the Driver Safety Course consists of instructor guidance, a video, and a discussion of driving concerns. Participants will also learn tips on how to avoid driving hazards. There is no driving involved and no tests are given.


Illinois state law requires that all insurance companies give an auto insurance discount to all drivers age 50 and older who complete this accident prevention course. Please contact your auto insurance agent regarding the amount of your discount.


The course is $15 for AARP members with a valid card, and $20 for nonmembers, payable to AARP the day of the course. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register today by calling the MDH Public Relations office at (309) 836-1557 or emailing


West Prairie set to Host Blood Drive


On Friday, November 1, West Prairie High School will be holding a community blood drive inside the gymnasium. The drive will begin at 8:30 AM and will run through 1:00 PM. The gym is located at 18575 E. 800th Rd, Sciota, IL. 


If you would like to donate, please contact Anne Logan at (309) 456-3750 or visit and use the code 2839 in order to locate West Prairie’s drive. A note for those looking to donate, donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh more than 100 pounds. A photo I.D. will also be required upon donating. 



Macomb Comic Store Relocating to Square

 A member from Downtown Development announced the opening of Kapow 66 Comics which will be located at 5 East Side Square in downtown Macomb. The shop is currently located at 902 East Jackson Street, but the owners of the shop Monte & Jennifer Anderson announced the relocation will commence October 15. 


Kapow 66 Comics has been selling comics and toys for almost 10 months now. The owners just decided that its time for a change of scenery. 


The store hours will now be Tuesday through Thursday fro 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit Kapow 66 Comics on Facebook or come by the store in the square!



Three WIU Students Nominated for Rhodes Scholarship

Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University has chosen three students as nominees for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.This year's nominees from Western are senior Mariah Dicksen, a microbiology major with minors in French, chemistry and scuba diving, from Lockport, IL; junior Hayden Golemon, foreign languages and cultures major from Brimfield, IL; and senior Isaiah Pihlstrom, a finance major from Plymouth, MN. All three nominees are students at WIU's Centennial Honors College.
"Western Illinois University is fortunate to have three high-quality nominees for the Rhodes Scholarship this year. All three excel in academics, athletics, civic engagement and leadership," said Rick Hardy, dean of the Centennial Honors College. "Many people deserve credit for assisting the honors college in promoting these outstanding students, including Professor Bill Knox, WIU's official Rhodes representative, a long list of recommenders, and most importantly, our nominees who have devoted countless hours to exemplary service and leadership."
Dicksen was previously named a winner in the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. She is also WIU's Lincoln Laureate, a WIU Presidential Scholar, a member of the Marching Leathernecks and is the first female WIU student to win the Goldwater Scholarship.
At WIU, Dicksen has completed undergraduate research both on campus, with WIU faculty through the Honors College, and off-campus through summer research programs. Along with being nominated for the scholarships, she has been acknowledged for a lot during her time at WIU. She has been captain of the Marching Leathernecks Color Guard since 2017, vice president of the WIU Water Polo Club since Fall 2016, is treasurer and co-founder of the WIU Tennis Club and served as the sisterhood chair for Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.
Dicksen is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, serving as a student vice president, and the Panhellenic Council. She is also a member of the WIU Pep Band, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Honor Society, President's Roundtable for Students, Golden Key International Honour Society, Order of Omega Honor Society, American Society of Microbiology and Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society. Dicksen's honors and achievements include Congress of Future Medical Leaders, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence. She was her high school's representative to the Argonne Laboratory's Women in Science Conference, was an Illinois State Scholar and more.
Golemon previously served as a legislative intern for Congressman Darin LaHood's office. He was also previously a member of WIU's track and field team and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
At WIU, Golemon serves on the WIU Council on Admission, Graduation and Academic Standards, is the Foreign Languages and Cultures Student Council Representative and serves on the WIU President's Student Roundtable, as the student representative to the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Council and on the Student Government Association. He is seeking minors in philosophy and political science.
Golemon's honors and achievements include being a Harry S. Truman Scholarship nominee and winning the Vivian D. Kline Foreign Language Scholarship, a scholarship for excellence in Spanish linguistics and culture, Mary Olive Woods Philosophy Scholarship and he is a member of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish honor society.
Pihlstrom completed a financial analyst internship at General Mills in Minneapolis, MN during Summer 2019. He serves as captain of the WIU Swimming and Diving team, previously serving the Most Dedicated Award and organizing community volunteer projects for the team.
At WIU, Pihlstrom is vice president of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society and is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honors Society. His honors and achievements include receiving the WIU Department of Finance Scholarship in 2019. These acknowledgments are what separates them from the rest of their class. For more on the student nominees visit



New WIU Budget Approved, More Cuts Coming


Western Illinois University approved its budget for the 2020 fiscal year on Friday, October 4th and it includes a severe cut to the overall amount the University will have at its disposal. WIU will be left with $20m less than its 2019 budget, due to a lack of state funding and a continuously decreasing student body.


Despite this difficult news, the WIU Board of Trustees has additionally approved the 2021 fiscal year budget request of $283.9m. As a part of this budget, money has been set aside for improvements such as support staff salary, a science hall renovation, a Tillman Hall renovation, a Stipes Hall renovation and the construction of an education building.


Things look to be turning a corner at WIU under new Interim President, Dr. Martin Abraham, as he looks to bring the institution out of a “Dark Age” that saw consistent layoffs, program cuts, and a plummeting enrollment. One can only hope that with better state funding and increased focus on recruiting, WIU will see a new day.



Free Introduction to Court Reporting Classes

Macomb— Court reporters and the transcripts they produce are a support pillar of the court system. But as of recently, there have been court reporters with no license roaming around courtrooms. 

Tammy Bumgarner, Director of Court Reporting Services in Springfield, discusses that a change needs to happen soon. “Licensed court reporters take a verbatim record in the criminal cases heard in Illinois to ensure that all citizens have equal access to justice not just for the ones who can afford to hire a court reporter”.


The profession of court reporting has been on the decline for the past few decades for multiple reasons. "There are many trades which are now suffering from the 'college only' mentality that's been preached to kids. That's causing shortages in professions simultaneously driving up wages." 


Court reporters' starting salary with the state can be from $41,000-$51,000 per year with benefits and additional transcript income. You do not need a college degree to be a court reporter.  To be a court reporter somebody needs to gain enough proficiency on a steno machine to pass the licensing exam."The average age of official court reporters in Illinois is 52-years-old. One-third of our court reporters are already eligible for retirement, which means we will likely have to replace more than 400 employees in the next 10-15 years, and it's a scary prospect," says Bumgarner.


Students that are interested in becoming court reporters it is never too late. There will be a free introduction to the Course Reporting class if anyone is interested. The class will only consist of attending one day a week for a couple of hours. This class will go on for four weeks to help prep students for what they need to know and what type of work they can do. At the end of the course, participants will know what it takes to be a court reporter. The original story can be found at